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Just a Song At Twilight

Huge email-bag on my “Twilight of Conservatism” piece yesterday.

Commonest response: “Darn it, you’re right, but I really hate to hear about

it.”

Commonest line of dissent: “The US citizenship made no difference, Derb –

you’re still a rain-sodden fog-shrouded English pessimist. Americans don’t

think like this.”

Commonest lines of abuse: (1) I shouldn’t be writing for NR because I’m a

libertarian. (2) I shouldn’t be writing for NR because I’m a socialist.

(3) I shouldn’t be writing for NR because I’m a dipwad.

Most annoying misconception: I’m anti-religious. For the record, the main

emotion I am aware of in myself when confronted with deeply religious people

is envy. They seem happier and better adjusted than I am, and *much* better

at child-raising. However, I’ve come to the conclusion, after several

decades of trying, that religiosity is largely innate and temperamental, and

there isn’t much one can do about it.

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